Tufts University organizes international symposium on "South Asia: Conflict, Culture, Complexity and Change"

Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan ambassador to the U.S., and Ian Martin, former special representative of the United Nations secretary general in Nepal, to attend
February 5, 2010

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MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Tufts University's Institute for Global Leadership will host a five-day symposium from Feb. 17 to 21 to discuss the complex region of South Asia.  Political leaders, military officers, journalists, scholars and humanitarian aid workers will share diverse, and often competing, perspectives about one of the world's most promising -- and most dangerous -- areas of the world.

"South Asia: Conflict, Culture, Complexity and Change," will address the political and economic instability, poverty, natural disasters, and religious, ethnic and cultural clashes that mark this  eight-country region. Participants will include:

- Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan ambassador to the United States

- Ian Martin, former special representative of the United Nations secretary general in Nepal

- Sarah Chayes, former special adviser to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; founder, Arghand Cooperative, Afghanistan

- Matthew Hoh, former senior civilian representative for the U.S. Government, Zabul Province, Afghanistan

- Pervez Hoodbhoy, professor of high energy physics and chairman of the physics department, Quaid-i-Azam University; author, "Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality"

- Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam University professor; South Asia Institute, Columbia University; author, "Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror"

- Junaid Ahmad, World Bank sector manager for social development, South Asia region

- Arif Jamal, author, "Shadow War: The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir"

- Shuja Nawaz, director, South Asia Center, The Atlantic Council of the United States; author, "Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within"

The symposium, which is organized by Institute of Global Leadership's Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship program, will be held in the Cabot Intercultural Center and in Pearson Hall on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. For more information, visit: http://www.tuftsgloballeadership.org/calendar/2010/02/17/2010-epiic-symposium-south-asia-conflict-culture-complexity-and-change or call 617-627-3314 (general inquiries) or 617-627-4703 (members of the news media).

"South Asia: Conflict, Culture, Complexity and Change"

EPIIC symposium at Tufts University

Feb. 17-21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17

6 p.m. - South Asian Cultural Evening

Thursday, February 18

7 p.m. - Burden of Memory, Quest for Identity

Friday, February 19

11 a.m. - South Asia's Troubled Waters: Deluge and Disappearance

2 p.m. - Development, Poverty and Inequality: The Challenges Ahead

7 p.m. - Buzkashi: Afghanistan's Recurring Great Game

Saturday, February 20

10 a.m. - Violent Discontent: Addressing Regional Insurgencies

2:30 p.m. - Governance in Transition: Pakistan and Bangladesh

4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions including issues such as "Corruption and Proliferation," "Negotiating with Terrorists," and "The Possibilities of Hybrid Governance in Afghanistan

8 p.m. - Kashmir: Reclaiming Paradise Lost

Sunday, February 21

1 p.m. - Emerging India: The Use of Hard and Soft Power

3 p.m. - South Asia 2060

Schedule subject to change.



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